Lenovo announced its new and improved line of X1 products built around the ThinkPad X1 Tablet, ThinkPad X1 Yoga, and ThinkPad X1 Carbon just in time for the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). All three of the new X1 mobile PCs feature optional LTE-A WWAN for staying connected wherever you are and optional WiGig docking along with an impressive variety of features squeezed inside these thin and light designs.
A Whole New ThinkPad X1 Family
The headline feature of the ThinkPad X1 Tablet ($899) is its Ultra Connect modular design which allows you to add functionality to this tablet through a variety of simple clip-on optional modules:
- The Productivity Module ($149) increases the battery life of the X1 Tablet from 10 hours of use up to 15 hours total.
- The Presenter Module ($299) includes a pico projector that can project a 60-inch screen from 2 meters and includes a full-size HDMI port and OneLink+ for connecting external displays.
- The 3D Imaging Module ($149) with its rear-facing Intel RealSense camera allows you to capture and edit objects for graphic design and 3D printing.
The full-size ThinkPad keyboard with the classic red TrackPoint has three adjustable typing angles and Lenovo promises it will deliver the classic ThinkPad keystroke feel. The keyboard and tablet together weigh just 2.4 pounds (1.1 kg) and measure just 0.51 inch (13 mm) thick. This hybrid tablet/notebook will be available in February. As an added bonus, Lenovo designed the new X1 Tablet with a removable rear panel for easier serviceability for repairs and upgrades.
The new ThinkPad X1 Yoga ($1449) will be available this month and is incredibly thin at just 0.66 inches and light at only 2.8 pounds (1270 grams). The X1 Yoga is the world’s first convertible notebook to feature an optional OLED touch display (2560 x 1440 pixels, WQHD resolution) producing extremely deep blacks and rich colors.
Once again, the new X1 Yoga features Lenovo’s patented Lift and Lock keyboard that retracts the keys when you flip the screen into tablet mode. The X1 Yoga is MilSpec tested and also includes an active pen housed and charged inside the chassis so it will be there when you need it. The sides of the X1 Yoga are also loaded with three USB 3.0 ports, OneLink+ (RJ45), MiniDisplayPort, HDMI, a microSD card slot, and headset audio jack.
The updated ThinkPad X1 Carbon ($1299) starts shipping in February and once again lays claim to the title of “the world’s lightest 14-inch business Ultrabook” thanks to a weight of just 2.6 lbs (1179 grams). The 2016 X1 Carbon is also thinner at 0.65 inch (16.45 mm).
As with previous generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebooks, the new X1 Carbon is MilSpec tested for improved durability and delivers a full range of connectivity options including three USB 3.0 ports, OneLink+ (RJ45), MiniDisplayPort, HDMI, microSD, headset audio jack, and a touch fingerprint reader.
Despite the unique differences in their designs, all three of the ThinkPad X1 PCs deliver an impressive amount of processing muscle with up to an Intel 6th generation (Skylake) Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, and a lightning fast 1 TB PCIe NVMe solid state drive that promises speeds up to twice that of a SATA SSD.
The ThinkPad X1 family also includes a number of accessories specifically designed to match and enhance the overall user experience:
- The ThinkPad X1 Wireless Touch Mouse ($69.99) is a dual mode mouse rated at 1300 DPI that gives you the freedom to connect the mouse either via Bluetooth 4.0 or using the included 2.4 GHz wireless USB adapater. Flip over the mouse to use the integrated touchpad presenter for simple navigation through slides.
- The ThinkPad X1 In Ear Headphones ($69.99) have been optimized by Dolby for the X1 series and feature an inline microphone and dual drivers to improve phone calls, music and movies.
- The ThinkPad 65W Micro Adapter ($80) is 58 percent smaller and 50 percent lighter than a standard power adapter and is ideal for frequent travelers.
- The cube-shaped ThinkPad X1 WiGig Dock ($250) provides automatic and quick connection to desktop peripherals without the need for extra wires or a docking station that has to be physically connected to your notebook or tablet.
- The ThinkVision X1 ($799) is a 27-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) external IPS ultra-slim display that features USB 3.1 Type C, DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0 and four USB 3.0 ports. This desktop monitor also includes a full HD (1920 x 1080) webcam with privacy cover and LED light, two 3W speakers and a dual array microphone.
We will take a closer look at all these products as we report from the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show. Be sure to return here later this week for more of our CES coverage.